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Council works to tackle poverty

Allerdale Borough Council is working with partners to identify projects that can help reduce poverty in the borough.

Information gathered by the Council shows ‘significant inequalities’ in levels of poverty throughout the borough:

-       35.5% between the highest and lowest levels of child poverty within the borough

-       figures for Allerdale’s wards show Ellenborough, Ewanrigg, Flimby, Moorclose and Mossbay as having levels of child poverty above 25%; the highest being Mossbay at 39.6%

-       a child born and growing up in Mossbay can expect to live nearly 20 years less than someone in Greystoke (Eden)

-       a higher percentage of households in fuel poverty in Allerdale than nationally

-       the nature of the housing stock in many parts of the borough (stone properties in rural areas) means that many properties are poorly insulated and are considered ‘hard to heat’

-       23.5% of households in Allerdale are in fuel poverty.

In a bid to tackle the issues, Allerdale Borough Council’s Scrutiny Panel is holding workshops with partners on 9-10 August.

Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council has stated in its ‘Commitment to Local Communities’ that it is committed to reducing poverty, supporting vulnerable people and narrowing the inequalities between different parts of the borough. The reducing poverty strategy will pull together the work that the Council and its partners are undertaking to tackle the issue of poverty.”

Councillor Peter Kendall, Joint-Chair of the Scrutiny Panel that is involved in developing the Council’s reducing poverty strategy, said: “This is a huge challenge and not one the Council can do alone. We are therefore having these workshops to see how we can all work together to tackle the issues.”

Joint-Chair Councillor Tim Heslop added: “We’re hoping for a good turnout from partners. Poverty is an issue right across the borough, affecting many of our communities.”

The Council’s Commitment to Local Communities is available at www.allerdale.gov.uk/councilplan or from one the Council’s Customer Service Centres.

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